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New Head of the ZEISS Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology Business Group

Dr. Hermann Gerlinger hands over the baton


Carl Zeiss AG

The Executive Board of Carl Zeiss AG has decided to appoint Dr. Karl Lamprecht as Head of the SMT business group, effective 1 January 2017.

Dr. Hermann Gerlinger, Member of the Executive Board and since 1999 Head of the Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology business group (SMT), is retiring on 31 December 2016. Dr. Hermann Gerlinger has been a member of the Executive Board of Carl Zeiss AG since 2006. He will continue to act in an advisory capacity in major strategic projects for the Executive Board and the SMT Management Board. Moreover, alongside ZEISS President and CEO Dr. Michael Kaschke, he will sit on the newly founded SMT Advisory Committee in which the Dutch partner ASML also will be represented.

The physicist, who obtained his PhD from the University of Würzburg, joined ZEISS as a project manager for spectroscopy in 1984 and later became Head of the Optical Process Metrology area. In 1993 Dr. Hermann Gerlinger transferred to the SMT business group where he initially worked as a project manager in the Lithography Optics division. After holding several management positions in development and production, he became Head of the SMT business group in 1999. In 2006 he was appointed to the Executive Board of the ZEISS Group, in which, in addition to his responsibility for SMT, Dr. Hermann Gerlinger was most recently responsible for the areas Corporate Research and Technology, Corporate Security and for the Korea and Taiwan regions.

After 32 years at ZEISS, including 23 years in the SMT business group, which he headed for 17 years, and more than ten years on the Executive Board, 63-year-old Dr. Hermann Gerlinger is handing over his responsibilities to his successor.

“For me, this is the ideal time to hand over the baton to my successor. I am pleased that I have helped to move ZEISS forward for the past three decades and that I will maintain my links with and support the company in the future,” says Dr. Hermann Gerlinger.

Dr. Karl Lamprecht Becomes New Head of the Business Group

The Executive Board of Carl Zeiss AG has decided to appoint Dr. Karl Lamprecht as Head of the SMT business group, effective 1 January 2017. In this role he will report to the ZEISS President and CEO, Dr. Michael Kaschke. In its meeting of 15 November 2016 the Supervisory Board of Carl Zeiss SMT GmbH appointed Dr. Karl Lamprecht as a further member of the SMT Management Board, with immediate effect.

After earning his doctorate in physics at the Institute for Experimental Physics of the University of Innsbruck and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Chicago (USA), Dr. Karl Lamprecht was a consultant and technology investor at McKinsey & Company, Inc. and AdAstra Venture Consult GmbH from 1995 to 2005. In 2005 he joined the SMT business group as Head of Strategic Business Development. Three years later he became Managing Director of the former company Carl Zeiss Laser Optics GmbH. From 2015, the 51-year-old was entrusted with the leadership of SMT's largest and most important business unit, Semiconductor Manufacturing Optics, and in this position he was also responsible for looking after OEM customers.

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